Nepotism: Hollywood's Dirty "Secret"
"It’s a running joke in Hollywood that every bellhop, busboy and waitress in LA is working on being an actor, screenwriter, director - whatever. Every year, thousands flock to the city where dreams are made… only to be passed over so someone’s niece can snag a role without having to go through the audition process. Hooray for Hollywood!" - KC Morgan.
Hey, I'm a whistle-blower of sorts! Why won't Hollywood side with me as they do with Edward Snowden?
Oh right, I'm blowing the whistle on THEM. They don't appreciate it when THEY'RE being scrutinized. They prefer to do the moralizing and the finger-pointing themselves, especially in their brazenly deceptive political propaganda films, while always hoping that not too many people notice what a cesspool of hypocrisy, egomania and decadence the American film industry itself is. And not just American cinema, but most other successful film nations too. This list isn't just about American nepotism.
(And besides, Snowden is a bad example. There is a big difference between a whistle-blower and a spy.)
First off, let me explain why this list aggravates some people within show business: because it exposes the hypocrisy of their elitism which goes against all of their left-wing, "equal-opportunity" public-persona politics. The main reason the list annoys some movie fans: because it reveals to them how easily they're manipulated into devouring anything - or accepting anybody as a "talent" - that the powerful movie-industry hype-machine forces into their defenseless brains. Nobody wants to be informed that they are uncritical and lacking criteria. Nobody likes to find out that they aren't capable of differentiating between a great actor and a mediocre one. (But it's precisely this widespread - and growing - inability among most movie-goers that enables nepotism to flourish more than ever before.)
The list that proves that practically anyone can be turned into a star, or at least a moderately employed actor. If you can talk, walk and learn lines, you're in. But you do need connections, because the Pearly Gates of Hollywood are holding off hordes of incoming potential actors, writers and directors whose unexplored talents will remain forever hidden thanks to favouritism. Thanks to nepotism (and other forms of Hollywood corruption that I won't get into here but which you can easily guess) these gates are firmly shut most of the time. At least for the "plebs".
The movie industry (everywhere, not just in the States) is a very incestuous, sect-like world in which family connections, political affiliation - and even ethnicity - are the deciding factors when it comes to the forging of careers. Talent is far behind in 10th place: nobody seems to be interested in it anymore, certainly not studio bosses and producers. And that is a big part of the reason why at least 90% of all movies are pretty much useless.
Which brings me to why (American) movies have been going down the toilet in recent years. The amount of garbage being put out by major studios has been on a steady rise for some years now. There are several reasons for this, one certainly being political correctness i.e. an all-encompassing political agenda, but perhaps the most negative impact stems from the exponentially growing nepotism. It is difficult to find a recent (big-budget) movie in which more than a half of the cast members don't have influential parents/relatives/friends in the industry before they got their foot in the movie door. (Ditto the film crews, but the list concerns itself only with the "creative" branches of the film industry.)
The list focuses almost solely on actors and directors - hence largely it doesn't even take into consideration the vast number of bad scripts that have been a result of nepotistic infiltration! Nor does it include the plethora of nepotistic offspring that had appeared only in several smaller roles in fairly meaningless productions. You can click on the bio of just about any better-known actor older than 45 and you'll find that at least half of them have kids, siblings or cousins who are either actors, producers, or working in film crews as set designers or whatever. So movie "artistry" is now an arena limited to a predetermined genetic karma, to a select few with the "right breeding", huh? Nice. How monarchistic. How anti-socialist.
Tinseltown's elitist jet-set would have us believe that acting "talent" is passed on genetically, but if you believe there is such a thing as an acting gene (or a "charisma DNA") I would like to see some scientific proof of it first. Besides, many nepotists on this list come from non-movie, or at least non-acting, backgrounds. Furthermore, MANY of the kids who got a shot at fame in the past few decades - that aren't related to actors or producers - are children of upper-class, millionaire clans, wealthy industrialists for example, a fact that offers more proof how anti-equal-opportunity the film industry is.
They would also have us believe that nearly all of the world's acting talent has already been collected from all corners of America, that the world's "acting talent pool" has dried up, been totally depleted, so why even bother looking for potential new De Niros and Pacinos amongst the "masses"? Hence the debilitating current trend whereby the vast majority of the younger stars today have parents in powerful positions in the business - or commerce, or politics. I wouldn't mind, IF these kids were any good. But they usually aren't. Armies of Pauly Shores and Casey Afflecks and Amy Schumers dominate Hollywood, while much more talented kids are sitting around stupidly, naively waiting for their agents to cast them in good auditions. So anti-socialist.
The gulf between what cinema's left-wingers preach and what they practice can't be any bigger.
It would seem that auditions serve very little purpose in Hollywood (and elsewhere), except to weed out the worst from the bad. A typical high-profile Hollywood audition (I am guessing) must be like a who's-who of famous actors' children, all fighting for a shot at fame and additional cash. Very few outsiders. It makes one wonder just how many truly bad nepotists never make it! Even a severely talent-free case like David Arquette must have beaten out several dozen failed nepotists, i.e. they are even worse ones than him. Scary (but fascinating) thought.
The list also exposes the startling hypocrisy of the movie business which is predominantly left-wing (now more than ever before), i.e. supposedly orientated toward the rights of the poor and "oppressed" - and yet there's this little anti-equality thing called elitist nepotism that proves that this is just an act: in reality, no poor or unconnected person with talent can make it in Hollywood unless they have wild luck. Hollywood predominantly employs its own spoiled rich kids, plus a whole array of sons and daughters of powerful politicians, famous pop stars, high-profile athletes - even sons and daughters of barons, lords and countesses! Hollywood producers and casting directors rarely hire middle-class or especially blue-collar talent. Again, I wouldn't mind this at all, IF only this corrupt selection-process worked - but it clearly doesn't. We've never had so many bland, boring actors and mediocre directors. The scripts are pitiful too.
So what is the real message Hollywood is giving blue-collar kids with dreams of movie careers? "You go on working in your factories and washing dishes and flipping burgers like your parents, we don't really need you here." That is the real message here, and one that is in total contrast/opposition to Hollywood's left-wing equal-opportunity lies - the politically-correct and completely dishonest message Hollywood is selling to the brainwashed masses.
So, yes, as insane and as despicable as it may sound, Hollywood is about silver-spoon-fed, righteous, holier-than-thou millionaires creating/starring in movies that preach about the rights of the oppressed, the poor, promoting socialism, minorities and the working class. Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it. This fact alone should tell you what kind of people run the film industry.
(It's interesting how this list had close to 500 views per week in its first year - then suddenly the numbers went down to two digits. I wonder how that happened.)
The list will be continually upgraded, there are LITERALLY HUNDREDS MORE people that haven't yet been added.
(EDIT: I stuck to my promise and added 200 more names. Then another 200. And another.)
Listed in the approximate order from the worst to slightly less bad. Essentially the first 100 are the best and most relevant examples of why nepotism is awful and destructive, whereas the rest are pretty much ranked randomly.
And no, I am not a disgruntled actor or director. I have never had any aspirations whatsoever to be in show-biz, since I am neither an exhibitionist attention-seeker nor obsessed with money. All I want is to watch good movies, but that is only possible when a good script is complemented with a good cast, and directed by someone chosen on the merit of his talents, not as a favour for a friend.
Nepotism is a branch of corruption. It is amoral, and it leads to a lowering of artistic standards. Whoever can't grasp this simple concept should skip this list altogether.
And if you do decide to skip it, or if you don't, check out my new YouTube channel, it's mostly music-related: